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Old 07-10-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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100GBP Challenge 2012 - Pine Tele (Possibly Thinline)

Well I finished my Tele templates today, so I might as well start this now!

Templates:


Body wood and bridge:



That wood's an old stair tread that I got for free, and it's veneered pine. It's 1.5" thick, so I might add a top and turn this in to a Thinline, depending on how deep I have to rout my cavities. For now we'll assume it's just a standard Tele though

The Wilkinson bridge cost me £16.50, and I've got a truss rod that cost about £6.85

I ordered a bunch of stuff today:

String ferrules - £1.20
Barrel jack - £4.00
Neck plate and screws - £1.99
tuners - 19.92
Loaded Tele control panel - £8.37 (annoyed because I found one for £2.59 later!!!)
African rosewood fretboard blank - 6.00
strap buttons - £0.99
Abalone inlays - £2.99
Wilkinson pups - £6.45
A bit of walnut veneer, what do you reckon? £2?
String trees - £2.09


Anywho, work should begin tomorrow!

PICTURE OF MY PARTS.
PICTURE OF MY WOOD.
PICTURE OF FRETBOARD AND INLAYS.

TOTAL BUILD COST - £77.35

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Old 07-10-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:14 PM   #3
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Ew. Pine.
Don't be surprised when the universe implodes because it's the wrong colour for proper transference of the wave form propagation isotopes.


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Old 07-10-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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How about a pickguardless esquire thinline?
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:22 AM   #5
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:11 AM   #6
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This will be sexy. Any experience with building guitars?
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:54 AM   #7
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How about a pickguardless esquire thinline?

I'm not sure about pickguardless. I'm looking forward to making a nice wooden one

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This will be sexy. Any experience with building guitars?

Yeah, I've built a few. and I've built a fair bunch of parts that never became finished guitars

Here's an update. Not an exciting one, but an update nonetheless.

Stairtread split:

Edges planed:

Glued and clamped:

As you can see from the second picture, I'm keeping a nice teak strip down the middle
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:25 PM   #8
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Lunch:

I removed the coach bolt that was furthest from the Tele outline, to see how big the head was. I wasn't sure if the head of the other one was going to dig slightly into the side of the body or not:


Luckily I found the heads of the coach bolts were about 20mm so it wasn't a problem. Although the recess ended up being slightly larger, hopefully it will get routed out. If not, there'll just be a tiiiny hole that needs filled:

Now, I couldn't plane the surfaces flat, due to being veneered. SOOOOO, I used a belt sander at a 45° angle:

DAT FLAME MAPLE *cou-plywood-gh*:

FIT A MESS MIN:

Template screwed on, and bandsawed to shape:

Then I had a tidy up, and wrote this whilst I psych myself up for routing!
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:13 PM   #9
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So, 69 or 72 Thinline?
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:42 PM   #10
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So, 69 or 72 Thinline?

More like the '69 I guess, 'cause of the single coils (I think that's the main difference?). Probably stick with a standard Tele pickguard though. Whether I'm going Thinline or not I don't know yet. I'd rather not to be honest, but it depends how deep I need to rout for my pickups. I think I should get away with solidbody

Routing done!



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man I wish I still had my PSone.

I'll leave before I get this thread too off topic
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man I wish I still had my PSone.

I'll leave before I get this thread too off topic

You could comment on topic if you wish

That's me just ordered inlays for £2.99. Two things left to buy.
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Ehh I don't know much about guitar building and I just saw you made this thread and opened it :3
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Ehh I don't know much about guitar building and I just saw you made this thread and opened it :3

:3

Just bought some Wilkinson pups too. £6.45

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Set-Origi...=item43b11b583e
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Thinline is a good idea. Pine is a bit bright and Tele/Esquire pups are very bright, big body cavities should give it a little more resonant low end.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:56 AM   #18
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Any progress with the neck? Go for 1-piece Maple.

My inexpensive Pine Squier CV Tele slays through the VH4's ch 3 and the Twin Jet's high gain channel. With those not-too-hot PUs, you'll get that unique, SC cut-through-the-mix at high gain.

Looking forward to this.

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All the best people are currently building Tele's of some sort, amirite?
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Thinline is a good idea. Pine is a bit bright and Tele/Esquire pups are very bright, big body cavities should give it a little more resonant low end.

Possibly but... MORE ROUTING

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Any progress with the neck? Go for 1-piece Maple.

I can't see it being maple, as I'm trying to source it for free. I do still have money left for this project if needs be though. What do you mean by 'SC cut-through'?

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